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Review: 2011 Cadillac Hybrid Platinum

Review: Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

Revisiting A Green-Tinged Guilty

Your smug neighbors their clothes with laundry detergent, they’ve down cork flooring on first floor and they organic cotton shower hanging in all four of their Driveways around the country are with neighbors swapping mile-per-gallon figures instead of latest little league Yet we fear that the term gets tossed around far too these days.

We see hybrids and all around us, but most aren’t to compete against the green that is the Toyota Prius.

The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, for relies on similar tech, yet effectively the Toyota’s polar Possessing the elegant style of a fat kid, the Escalade Hybrid to produce brutish noises and bursts of speed. An expensive luxury barge, this hybrid SUV could easily be as an overpriced dinosaur – especially as it has getting a bit long-in-the-tooth while the has continued to evolve.

GM knows and it’s recently committed to a bundle into the Arlington, plant that churns out the cow GMT900 platform this rides upon.

A replacement may be on the way for but we still couldn’t help but that there’s something about this generation’s fenders, large rolling and singular swagger that’s revisiting. Not wanting to mess with anything less full kingpin spec, we a week with the hybrid model seen here.

Cadillac has been making since 1902, but the company blossomed during a post-war era with iconically styled, masses of metal. Fast-forward to and the brand’s Art and Science ethos has hold. The Escalade integrates of the Wreath and Crest’s design with a giant mass of Art futurism that harkens to Caddy’s bygone classics.

Can you 222-inch-long 1957 Eldorado?

the coupes and sedans before it, Escalade features larger-than-life A big, downward sweeping intersects massive LED headlamps. grille, in turn, is broken up V-cut sills and honeycomb and the chrome matches the shine the brightly-polished 22-inch wheels.

An of hybrid badging is notably from the exterior. Earlier years slathered the word across its flanks like dots on a Vegas-strip casino. For the Escalade uses much discrete hybrid logos on fender vent and one on its rear.

it’s no longer the Look-At-Me this is the Platinum Series talking about. The interior is enough to make the cast of Shore jealous. They Escalades, too, but their might as well be rental-fleet when compared to the Platinum. The first and second rows are plus the driver and co-pilot get a function.

Hell, the front cupholders get into the hold-cold game. a mount like this, easy for our supple journalists’ to find comfort in the heated wheel, our feet avoiding thanks to the power-retractable side In fact, the Escalade has power right down to its adjustable

Besides the variety of temperature audio/visual options abound in the cabin. A Bose 5.1 surround audio system pumps through 10 speakers. Second- and passengers have multiple viewing options via a pair of screens or a centrally-mounted eight-inch monitor.

If the Escalade is in Park, the and front passenger can even DVDs thanks to the eight-inch mounted in the center stack.

with the Escalade’s various and switchgear is where this begins to show its age. SUV isn’t part of the New GM. Playing the switches reveals a downmarket that clashes with the sheen of the cabin.

The center storage bin’s lid feels flimsy.

From the front-left chair, the view is excellent off the bow and than expected to the stern. Not bad for a spanning 202.5-inches from to tail. Rather remarkably, to its rivals, the Cadillac Escalade is on the shorter side. The 2011 QX56 spans 208.3-inches and a Lincoln Navigator is 206.5-inches grille to liftgate.

Only the 2011 Mercedes-Benz is stubbier, at 200.6-inches in length. all this, the Escalade still to supply 172 cubic-feet of passenger By comparison, only the QX56’s 174 offers more space, the Benz boasts 143 and the Lincoln has 158 cubic-feet in which passengers can get

The horror.

Once everyone in, you can fire up the powertrain. and hear There’s definitely a 6.0-liter V8 the hood, but when you’re not the engine shuts itself What’s more, if you’re on the throttle, you can keep it dormant cruising through the neighborhood.

In the gas engine can stay off at speeds up to 40 per hour, but getting it to do so requires the of Buddha himself to pull

Why? When you reacquaint the with the plush carpeting, the engine produces a noise we’re certain haunts the of Ed Begley, Jr. The 6.0-liter unit 332 horsepower at 5,100 rpm and 367 pound-feet of at 4,100 rpm.

The engine may not the slugging power of the 403-hp V8 found in the non-hybrid Escalade, but engine and motor combination throws a punch, and puts its into it, too.

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The 300-volt nickel-metal hydride powering the pair of transmission-mounted 60 motors offers a quiet to the Escalade’s sonorous V8. With powers combined, they are Planet! comprise the heart of the hybrid system. Working in the pair can dole out a 5,600-pound capacity or a silent ride the city.

If you’re in the mood to burn some fuel, the run 0-60 will take in the upper seven-second range.

As you expect, this Escalade also utilizes a different than its gas-only counterpart. The has been replaced with a automatic. This transmission, with the hybrid powerplant, the Escalade sip gas at an EPA-estimated rate of 20 per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

those figures don’t in isolation, that’s an improvement of mpg in the city and three on the highway the standard Escalade, which is something in a vehicle this

Better still, the gas-electric remains a pleasure to drive or be in. It goes down the road the pavement was finished 30 minutes to one’s arrival. The 13-inch and 13.5-inch rear brakes the titanic vehicle down well, like a wayward wandering into the path of Light yet responsive, the steering maneuvering far easier than we possible.

We were expecting a dolled-up Tahoe, and we got, well, a

This is a modern Caddy all, and the Escalade surprises by smaller that we expected. Be it lanes on the highway or hunting for a spot at the mall, the Caddy clearly, and builds confidence. roll is kept to a comfortable and the passengers in all three rows seldom realize you’re turns faster than you

Punch the gas, forget being green and watch motorists make way.

But the fly in this green(ish) SUV’s ointment. The all-wheel drive Hybrid seen here – an loaded to the headliner example – up at an eye-watering $89,090. That’s a princely sum. Of course, a rear-drive hybrid Slade can be had for over $74k, or a gas-only can be had for $82.5k if that’s more bag.

But none of this the fact that this value equation begins to apart when lined up the Infiniti and Mercedes, both of offer far more up-to-date for less money. A comparably QX56 4WD, for the sake of swigs fuel to the tune of but it’s much less at around $75,000. A kitted-out, Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec closest on the economy front, 17/20 ratings in exchange for hard-earned $77,000. Our thoughts?

All that extra coin on the Caddy could buy you a whole of dead dino juice.

no way to sugar coat this: the Escalade Platinum Hybrid is and it’s fallen behind the If you need this much and are dead set on a Caddy, though, we can see a argument for going with the At a modest premium of around if you drive a bunch, you’ll even earn your back.

And despite not being the and greatest in its class, the Escalade remains surprisingly enjoyable to and it’s loaded with features that help it a comfortable cruiser for trips and short. The competition may have to worry about at the moment, but for the this King Caddy offers inimitable style a green lining.

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